“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore….”
Hello. 🙂 It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in watching a romantic movie, so I thought I’d take some time to share a few more of my favorites with you “just because” … again. These are the kind you watch on a rainy day, curled up on the sofa with a warm blanket and a hot cup of cocoa or tea. (See 7 more of my favorite romances.)
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen these movies yet, you might not want to read this until you do. Otherwise… enjoy!
1) Well… to start off… I relate to the movie Never Been Kissed, and Drew Barrymore’s character Josie, for a number of reasons — not just because I’m kinda dorky and waywardly romantic, but also because I used to think it would be fun to go back to high school and recreate my experiences — to go back as the person I became and see whether or not that would have altered the type of relationships/friendships/interactions I had when high school was really happening for me. My favorite line is when Josie remarks that “there’s always gonna be that one guy — the one you get up and go to school for.” So true. Chances are, however, that by the time you get to your class reunion, he won’t be that guy anymore, but… someone else might be. Watch the trailer.
2) While You Were Sleeping is one of those movies I can watch over and over and over again because it’s so charming, and Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman are so cute in it. I loved Glynis Johns in the role of the grandmother, too, and the performances come across as though everyone involved had a great time making the movie. Plus, it takes place over the Christmas holiday season, which is always a bonus in my opinion. My favorite scene is near the end when Lucy and Peter are getting married. Lucy objects to her own wedding, confessing to Peter’s family, “I’m in love with your son…. Not that one [Peter]… that one [Jack].” What I love about it is, in that moment, Lucy finds the courage to speak up and not marry someone she doesn’t actually love… while simultaneously alerting the man she does love to the fact that she loves him. Watch a clip.
3) Yes, this version of Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet is a bit “campy”, but I do appreciate the attempt to make the story and characters very reachable by an audience that I think (at the time this came out) was not quite as crazed about Jane Austen as it has been ever since. The scene that makes Elinor’s romantic plight all worthwhile comes at the end when she finally finds herself in a position to release and reveal her pent-up emotions for Edward. Prior to that scene, I “greatly esteem” Elinor’s ability to maintain her grace (and conceal her romantic disappointment/devastation) in the presence of the very woman who had previously claimed the affections of the man she is in love with. Having to endure that situation… painful. Equally as painful? “Willoughby….” (PS: I *love* Alan Rickman as Col. Brandon.) Watch a clip.
4) Next is one of my favorite Cinderella-like stories, Only You. I love this movie because it starts off with a fortune teller telling Faith (Marisa Tomei) the name of her future perfect match. I also love that Peter Wright (Robert Downey, Jr.) thinks fast enough on his feet to fulfill the role for her on the spot — and that, as it turns out, they really are “perfect” for each other and, in the end, the fortune teller was kinda right — she did ultimately lead Faith to her perfect match (destino!). One of my very favorite parts of this movie is Bonnie Hunt as Kate Corvatch. She’s adorable. I love her little snippets of dialogue. I also love that this romantic adventure starts out in Pittsburgh (where I attended college) and ends up in Italy. Love it! Get a “Behind the Scenes” look at the movie.
5) Just in case you didn’t notice… Bridget Jones’s Diary has a character by the name of Mark Darcy in it — played by Colin Firth. Need I say more??? Anyway, just the idea of there being a real “Mr. Darcy” out there somewhere makes me want to sigh. Not to mention, hearing a guy say that he likes you as-is… is very nice. Meanwhile, although I cannot quite relate to Bridget’s lifestyle, I can relate to her resistance to and awkwardness in sharing her feelings with someone she really likes… as well as her penchant for choosing the wrong guy to date instead of the one she truly should be with. One of the best, and yet most torturous, parts is when she’s at the holiday party listening to Mark’s impending wedding announcement and cries out, “No! No!…. It’s just that… it’s such a terrible pity… f-for England… to lose… such a great legal brain…. to lose one of our top people. Our top person, really.” Poor Bridget. I am right there with ya. Watch a clip.